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Daylight Savings: Mount Si

Daylight Savings: Mount Si


Trip Information

Distance: 8 miles out and back
Difficulty: Moderate
Fees: Discover Pass
View my Gaia GPS track here


Happiness is the struggle towards a summit and, when it it attained, it is happiness to glimpse new summits on the other side.
— Fridtjof Nansen

Being bitten by the mountain bug is a funny thing. You go too long without a summit – any summit – and you start feeling stir crazy. At this point, my last summit was probably South Sister at the end of the summer. I'd tried Hidden Lake Lookout and Mount Si the week before and ended up staying in the treeline for both due to the lack of daylight available. Two failed summit attempts and all I got to stare at were trees.

So finally, Daylight Savings rolls around and Aaron, Garrett, and I were all able to leave work a little earlier to hike up Mount Si for a Monday elevation gain workout (well, the workout part was mostly for Garrett since he toted up an obscene amount of camera equipment with him) and to catch sunset.

 Rainier coming out to play

Rainier coming out to play

We met up at the trailhead and began our hike with the sunshine still pouring over us. I've done Mount Si a few times before, and it's more or less a training hike. You're in the trees until you reach the top so the views for most of the hike aren't particularly great. But our goal was to reach the summit in under 2 hours and before the sun set. 

Due to the warmer weather during the few days prior, the trail was mostly clear until the last mile or so at the top. Here, microspikes were advisable (Garrett's crampons were a total fail....sometimes simple Kahtoola microspikes will do the trick) to avoid slipping on ice. 

 Garrett running around doing his camera thing

Garrett running around doing his camera thing

Aaron and I clambered up this somewhat sketchy rock (seriously, no fall zone here) while Garrett shot some photos and set up a camera to time lapse the sunset. We sought some shelter from the wind at the summit behind some rocks, waited for the sun to set and headed down back into the shelter of the wind. 

 Summit smiles! (and sketchy rock)

Summit smiles! (and sketchy rock)

There's something about reaching a summit, even a summit as small as Si. It felt like a brand new start to a season...with so many more summits to come!

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